Disclaimer: This is not a ranked list, the programs are listed in no particular order. I think all of the programs are great and have their own advantages. In fact, I strongly encourage you to read through all of their websites.

I won’t be offering advice on where to go to complete your Bioeconomy degree because I’m well aware that everyone has different things to consider e.g location, family, costs, disability accommodations, career, etc

So the purpose of this article is to compile the available options to make the process easier.

{ I’ll keep updating as I gather more information/programs…


Getting The Next-gen Ready

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Are your students ready for the Bioeconomy?

It’s a big question, but what is the Bioeconomy anyway?

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO)’s page on ‘Sustainable and circular bioeconomy for food systems transformation states

“…the production, utilization, conservation, and regeneration of biological resources, including related knowledge, science, technology, and innovation, to provide sustainable solutions (information, products, processes and services) within and across all economic sectors and enable a transformation to a sustainable economy” — Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020

In simpler terms, the bioeconomy is a biology-based economy.

By biology-based, we mean that instead of technology (software, etc), there’s going to be more biological components involved…

How I learnt Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin quickly but effectively

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We went over choosing the right language for yourself and finding out if this is the right time in your life to learn it in Part I. Now that we’ve cleared the litmus test and laid down our goals, let’s get down to the process of learning the language itself.

The process of learning the language also involves components that escape the new enthusiastic learner, some of those components include schedules, creating goals, and cultivating new habits.

Q: Did I create a study schedule for my language studies?

A: No.

Personally, I don’t do well with schedules or forcing myself…

If the competition you’ve been preparing for has been cancelled, it’s bound to have an impact; wasted time, resources, a mad scramble to redirect your efforts.

If you were betting on gaining something from your competition prep (research experience, recommendations, accolades, scholarship money) to help your university applications stand out…it seems like a new plan is in order.

The Google Science Fair, the International Science and Engineering Fair and many others have all been cancelled either due to the pandemic or other mysterious reasons (I’m looking at you GSF). …


Litmus tests and Establishing achievable goals

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Over time I’ve learnt many things through the internet and one of the things I found myself learning the most were languages. I also have a love for languages based on characters, which led me to start off learning Southeast Asian languages instead rather than French and German like other people in my social circles.

I’ve learnt Korean, Japanese and Chinese all through self-study.

It took me about a year or two to get reasonably fluent level for Korean and Japanese. I just picked up Chinese last year and it’s going well too (still working towards my milestone goals).


Career development for the entrepreneurship inclined scientist

It’s time to leave the lab

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It’s not unusual to feel torn about staying true to “real science” in the lab vs pursuing your own biotech venture or even working with biotech start ups (Biotech ecosystem support squad→ Venture capitalists, accelerators, journalists, marketing, tech transfer, IP, etc). The entrepreneurship/ business side of biotech makes your heart beat a little faster compared the excitement of holding a pipette but before you take the leap, you’re wondering if it’s just a case of “the grass is greener on the other side”? Do you hold on to your old love or move on?

> Be clear that leaving academia…

How to become a diligent writer: A guide for the undead

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You’re ill. Perpetually.

With those awful joints, muscle spasms and random bouts of pain, working outside of your home is pretty much out of the question. I feel your pain (not that I want to).

For those of us with the gift of the gab or a penchant for writing, making a living writing online from the comfort of your home (while trapped in an uncomfortable body) is one of our best options for a source of income.

Chronically ill writers without a doubt have the odds stacked against…

Selina Rose

Creator of the “Biotech Role Call” and Founder of HavenScience.

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